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BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

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At BU, you can take this course as either BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or MEng (Master of Engineering) qualification. Whichever level you choose to study, this professionally accredited degree develops high-calibre engineers who are able to function both as an engineer and a technology leader in sectors such as aerospace, marine, automotive, alternative energy, oil and gas, and other high-tech industries.

Industry-seasoned academics, practitioners and guest speakers deliver your practical training in our state-of-the-art Design & Engineering Innovation Centre, giving you the knowledge and skills required to understand the behaviour, performance and limitations of new technologies, in addition to modelling and simulating the performance of technologies.

As well as giving you a solid grounding in engineering, the course will provide an inspirational insight into emerging technologies within the sector and how to apply them to real-world situations. There’s also a career-affirming minimum 30-week period in a work placement, which will help you to make contacts and boost your potential within the profession.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), this degree fully meets the academic standards of Incorporated Engineer (IEng), which means you can apply for IEng status after gaining suitable experience in an engineering role. The course is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). 

According to the latest Complete University Guide, BU has improved its ranking in 20 tables since 2017 and is now ranked in the top half of the respective tables for 22 subjects, 1 more than in 2017. Mechanical Engineering has improved its ranking by 23 places (37th/70), the most from any subject area at BU this year.

91% of our final year students agreed they were able to contact our staff when they needed to, and that the resources and facilities supported their learning well. Why not join us on live chat or come and meet us at an open day to find out more?

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in August 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Accreditations:

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) & the Engineering Council and the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE)

Required subjects:

A-Level Mathematics (or equivalent), and any Science or Technology subject

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels in required subjects. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM  in a required subject. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements page.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements page.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Year 1

Core units

  • Electrical & Electronic Principles: You'll gain practical experience through designing and using printed circuit boards (PCBs) for an engineering system.
  • Engineering Mathematics: Gain an understanding of mathematics and how it's used in engineering.
  • Materials & Processing: Learn about important properties of metals, plastics, ceramics and composites and why and how they're picked for product design. Energy and other environmental issues of materials and their processing was also covered.
  • Engineering Principles: The theory and application of a range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines. You will be expected to apply mathematical analysis to the solution of statics design and dynamic problems and develop realisable solutions of design and engineering problems involving fluids and thermodynamics.
  • Engineering Design: The key engineering tools, methodologies and strategies necessary to design, analyse, validate and communicate an engineering solution. You will identify design constraints of components and simple mechanical systems and utilise analytical methods to develop solutions both as individual and group work.
  • Engineering Practice: The identification, planning and application of key methods of manufacturing and production in the realisation of practical physical outcomes.

Year 2

Core units

  • Management & Commercialisation for Technical Projects: An introduction to business and management. You'll learn to identify and use a company's strengths and evaluate opportunities for competitive products. There will be a focus on consumer marketing, decision making, intellectual property rights, product liability and financial and management accounting.
  • Manufacturing & Production: You'll learn about modern manufacturing processes for competitive product development.
  • Engineering Simulation: Take part in engineering design practices and learn about new technologies for mechanical and electronic concepts. You'll become familiar with industry standard simulation technologies.
  • Mechanical Systems Design: You will extend your engineering tools skills to mechanical systems, assemblies and their interfaces, using mathematical and statistical methods. By simulation, control and experimental work, you will gain the ability to generate engineering solutions that meet all aspects of the problem including production, operation and maintenance. This is primarily by teamwork, so you will learn about the different roles within an engineering team, and appreciate the skills in planning, managing and communicating the design process.
  • Stress & Dynamics: develop a further working knowledge, understanding and application of an increased range of mechanical engineering principles relevant to the design of components, structures and machines.
  • Fluids & Thermodynamics: You will need to know about the principal laws and processes of engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and dynamics, and also of fluids and thermodynamics equipment and processes, in order to solve real world problems.  

Year 3 (Placement)

You will complete a minimum 30-week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. You'll get an opportunity to include a period of academic study during this time. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.

Year 3/4 (Final year BEng)

  • BEng Project: An individual project which assesses your creative problem-solving skills in engineering design, combined with your mathematical modelling and analytical engineering skills.
  • Business Development: The importance of strategic management in the business development process. You'll raise your entrepreneurial spirit and business decision-making. This will enhance your capacity to recognise and capitalise on competitive and innovative opportunities in a changing business environment.
  • Thermofluids & Energy Conversion: Thermodynamics and energy, forms of energy, energy transfer by heat and energy & environment. You will examine the relationship of heat transfer, types and the characteristics of thermofluids and refrigeration cycles, and develop solutions to a range of complex engineering processes and problems, involving heat, fluids and energy conversion. 
  • Computational Engineering: The opportunity to further develop advanced computer based and simulation tool skills. You will also independently select and apply appropriate advanced computational engineering tools for the creation and simulation of complex mechanical assemblies and learn to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions using computational engineering tools to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Advanced Stress & Vibration: The importance of analytical methods used in the design of structural components and structures. You will develop the ability to apply analytical methods efficiently and effectively in the analysis and design of complex components and structures, and predict their performance in service using both analytical and computer tools.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.

You will spend time developing practical engineering skills in addition to engineering theory. You have access to workshops, design studios and laboratories equipped with industry standard facilities, including technical workshops with advanced machines as well as state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and manufacturing facilities.

Year 1 – 37% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 418 hours
  • Independent learning: 782 hours
  • Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 52.5 hours

Year 2 – 32% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 378 hours
  • Independent learning: 822 hours

Year 3 - (Placement year)

Year 4 - 13% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 161 hours
  • Independent learning: 1039 hours

Year 5 - 14% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found on the programme profile in the programme specification for your course. As an indication, 75% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Placement opportunities

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career so we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. We provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement.

A placement year is a vital part in developing well-rounded and industry-ready graduates. During the placement year you will have the chance to develop your interpersonal skills and build on the theory and knowledge you have gained so far. Many of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies.

A recent report from High Fliers Research has highlighted the vital importance of work placements. The report found that more than a third of jobs for new graduates are being taken by people who have already had work experience with that employer through work experience during holidays or placements as part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.

How long is my placement?

You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum 30-weeks.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Jaguar Cars Ltd
  • Xerox
  • Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
  • Dyson Appliances Ltd
  • The Gillette Company. 

Why not read about some of our students’ experiences? What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

Your application

Background and experience

The overall philosophy of this course is to produce graduates who, starting from an initial need, can design and develop well considered and potentially commercial products. Therefore, the ability of the applicant to think both laterally and logically, in both artistic and scientific domains is crucial in order to satisfy aesthetic, ergonomic, technological, manufacturing, standards and economic criteria.

In addition to the need for a broad basic knowledge and the ability to communicate in a wide range of disciplines, is the recognition that applicants must be able to think both creatively and analytically. The applicant must also have a desire to be able to learn about design by producing working prototypes of their solutions.

Experience of CAD would be beneficial although not essential.

Selection methods

We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications – and you may also be invited to attend an interview. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on our how to apply webpages.

Our offer making process

Our offer making will typically be based on your main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.

If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.

How we'll assess your application

We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.

If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 6-20 points below the published tariff.

Unconditional offer scheme

Applicants who are predicted to achieve strong academic results will be eligible for BU’s Unconditional Offer Scheme in recognition of their academic performance and potential to succeed at university. If you are selected for the scheme and commit to us as your firm choice of university, then we will match this commitment by making your offer unconditional, which will guarantee your place at BU.

You will receive a standard conditional offer based on the entry requirements for your course via UCAS Track and your offer letter – it will advise that you are eligible for the unconditional offer scheme. We will then update your offer to unconditional should you choose BU as your firm choice on UCAS Track. We believe that unconditional offers reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible, and we will reward you with an Academic Excellence scholarship of £1,000 in your first year if you achieve AAA or above at A-Level or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

We use the UCAS Tariff to show our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades from your qualifications. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to tariff points.

The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels in required subjects. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. Required subjects are Mathematics and a Science or Technology subject. We do not accept General Studies.

GCSEs: This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the Future Students Enquiry Service to find out more.

Other qualifications: We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the Future Students Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.

Access courses: 102 - 118 tariff points in a required subject with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

BTEC qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 tariff points) in a required subject.
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • BTEC National Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Principal Subjects including 36 points in 2 required subjects.

Cambridge Technical qualifications:

  • Extended Diploma: 112 tariff points in a required subject.
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
  • Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.
  • Introductory Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects including grade H5 in 2 required subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers: 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers including 32 points in 2 required subjects.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent.

Extended Project Qualification: Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent.

Deferred entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.

International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components) or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.

Academic entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.

Careers

Engineers are constantly in demand and this course will give you all the skills and knowledge you'll need to do well in this varied and fascinating sector. When you graduate, you'll be equipped to take on a range of engineering roles across the manufacturing and engineering sectors and our graduate employment record in this field is excellent, with 95% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their course.

According to a recent report by the Economist, BU is ranked 3rd for boosing graduate salaries. The report showed our graduates earned an average of £39,800 - £10,809 more than the expected earnings.

Graduates from our design and engineering courses are now working for a range of organisations, including Aish Technologies Limited, Canyons, General Electric Aviation, Modulift, Pall Aerospace and Visteon. Among the roles they are in are:

  • Construction project manager
  • Design engineer
  • FEA engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Production manager.

Industries worked in

  • Engineering
  • Industrial design
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Construction.

Further studies

Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.

All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Meet our staff

Dr Ben Thomas is the course leader. During his time here at BU as a PhD student, Ben worked with the RNLI to investigate friction and wear problems on the slipway when launching lifeboats.

Ben has continued to be active in sustainable design research and recent research work includes collaboration with SKF, Longitude Consulting Engineers Ltd., the Balmain trust and ongoing research collaboration with the RNLI and other colleagues within the Department of Design & Engineering.

If you would like to talk to our staff, why not come along and meet us at an open day?

No hidden extras

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • A2-A0 Plots for CAD coursework

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees including lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services. You will receive more information about these if you are offered a place on the course.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork,  and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Student section of the website

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance) you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.  

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Accreditations

Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Council

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (BEng graduates) or Chartered Engineer (MEng graduates).

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

The BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

The MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering will meet, in part, the exemplifying academic benchmark requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer and students will need to complete an approved format of further learning pursuant to the requirements of UK-SPEC.

Course changes

The table below indicates the latest changes to this course.

Date Changes to this course Where the change was made Previous text
15/11/17

After an annual review of the placement year tuition fee,  a price increase in line with current inflation, equating to 3% has been introduced.

Fees £790
18/10/2017

2018 entry requirements have changed to 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels in required subjects.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements

104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in 2 required subjects.

6/9/2017

2018 entry requirements have changed to 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent including 32 points in 2 required subjects. BTEC 112 tariff points (Grade DMM) in a required subject.

Key facts and 2018 entry requirements 

104-120 tariff points including 3 A levels or equivalent to include A level Mathematics and a Science or Technology subject. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM  in a required subject.

6/9/2017

2018 GCSE entry requirements have changed to This course requires GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications. 2018 entry requirements

This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.